Psalm 103 – Responsive Reading

The Case for Blended Music in Worship

The following is a responsive reading that uses two readers with congregational responses.  Soliciting Lay readers once in a while helps to build their faith and encourages others to use their gifts in support of the ministry.


Pastor: Praise the LORD, O my soul;

Congr:with all my inmost being, praise his holy name.


Pastor:              Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-

Lay Reader:      who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,

                                Pastor:              who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,

                                Lay Reader:      who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.


Pastor:              The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.

Congr:He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:


Pastor:              The LORD is compassionate and gracious,

Lay Reader:     slow to anger, abounding in love.


Pastor:              He will not always accuse,

Lay Reader:    nor will he harbor his anger forever;

Congr:             he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

Pastor:              For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

Congr:             so great is his love for those who fear him;

Pastor:              as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.


Pastor:             As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

Congr:             for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

Pastor:              As for man, his days are like grass,

Congr:             he flourishes like a flower of the field;

Pastor:              the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

Congr:             But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children-

Pastor:              with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.


Lay Reader:      The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.

Pastor:              Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding,

                        who obey his word.

Lay Reader:      Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.

Congr:             Praise the LORD, all his works, everywhere in his dominion.  Praise the LORD, O my soul.


Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society



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